Erin Eckhold Sassin completed her PhD in the Department of the History of Art and Architecture at Brown University in 2012, where her dissertation focused on the development of a building type serving single people in Germany from the 1860s to the 1930s and its relationship to the surrounding community, as well as its function as a social and architectural model for later modernist experiments. Erin is very interested in the intersection and co-dependence of the worlds of fine art, design and architecture in the nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first centuries, as well as housing reform and identity politics in architecture and urbanism. She teaches courses with subject matter as varied as: the architecture and urbanism of Berlin (1750-present), nationalism and identity in Central European architecture and urbanism (1800-1945), the American Home, nineteenth and twentieth century architecture, methods and theories in architectural design, and architecture and utopia from St. Augustine to the present.
Forthcoming publications, both accepted for inclusion in edited volumes, concern the private/public world of middle-class German women in the late 19th century (in a volume on women and public space) and the intersections of architecture, power and ethnicity in Upper Silesia (in a collection of essays on empire in the First World War). Erin has also recently been published in a monograph on the work of Providence architect Ira Rakatansky, who trained in the 1940s under Walter Gropius.